Thursday, February 01, 2007

State aid may end for tony towns: "While most Westchester and Putnam municipalities would see at least slight increases in their state aid, 13 communities in wealthier areas would have their funding eliminated.

'I don't like it,' said Mamaroneck Supervisor Valerie Moore O'Keeffe. The town's state aid would drop from $145,567 in 2006-2007 to zero in the upcoming fiscal year.

'It is inequitable,' O'Keeffe said. 'People in each municipality, especially in Mamaroneck, send a lot of money to the state in income taxes and other taxes. To be left out seems inequitable.'

State budget officials said a total of 81 municipalities outside of New York City were eliminated from the AIM program because the money represented less than 1 percent of their budgets and their average per-capita property values exceeded the state average by 250 percent.

Other local communities that saw their funding eliminated include Bedford, Bronxville, Harrison, Larchmont, Lewisboro, New Castle, North Castle, North Salem, Pelham Manor, Pound Ridge, Rye Brook and Scarsdale."

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